Reminder: Cruz Brown Bag discussion
Associate Prof. Marcelo Cruz (Public and Environmental Administration) will present a brown bag discussion on his research in Tena, Ecuador and the impact for Indigenous scholarship at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Phoenix Room C. The canton of Tena, located in Napo Province, in the headwaters of the Ecuadorian Amazon river basin, is undergoing rapid demographic and economic changes due to the growth of extractive industries in the region since the 1970s. In particular, these changes have impacted the indigenous communities of the Quijos Kishwata, and Hoarani in distinct and various ways. The presentation explores how community and regional planning using agropolitan approaches provide an alternative model of community wellbeing that attempts to improve the quality of life focusing on equity, sustainability and local community decision making among the various communities residing in the canton. The event is open to the public and sponsored by the Center for First Nation Studies.